President-elect Mark Dixon explained that an event company called Production World will allow them to use basically the same gala model but with two hosts who are filmed live with high-end camera gear in a studio and the guests get to view them either over video screens at home or at any of several restaurants that have partnered for the occasion.
“When we started meeting to talk about it, our members said that we need to find some way to increase the involvement of the St. Albert community,” he began, recalling how St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Jennifer McCurdy pointed out how local restaurants could use a boost lately too.
“Now we have people who are signing up to be online from home but also people who are signing up to be in restaurants that will also be able to see this production online. We'll have the big screen in the restaurants and each of them will have their mobile device, either an iPhone or an iPad or whatever they want to use, and they can log on to the Givergy platform and see the auction items and bid on the auction items. The people who are at home, they also get to select from one of those restaurants and pick a meal and we will have it delivered to their house so that will be part of the experience.”
More details can be found at stalbertrotaryclub.com.
Tickets are $150 and includes a $50 tax receipt for Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF). The evening will also help to support Outloud St. Albert and the St. Albert Bereavement Fellowship.
“We're really focusing in on COVID recovery because we think that makes so much sense, particularly in our community and particularly for organizations that are supporting individuals to recover from COVID.”
An online auction (that is still taking on new items) is already live at http://www.givergy.ca/rotary and closes on the evening of the festivities.